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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Oct 17, 2015 0 comments
One of the things I dislike about most dedicated multiroom wireless music systems (i.e., Sonos, HEOS, Bluesound, etc) is that the only way to control them is through an app on a smart device, unless you’ve integrated the components into a larger whole-home control system, such as Control 4. Nuvo aims to eliminate that annoying lack of tactile control with its new P10 Keypad, a wall-mounted keypad utilizing Power-over-Ethernet (PoE), that provides “quick access to the system’s basic functions, including volume/mute, play/pause, next/previous track navigation, as well as a “Favorites” button that allows the user to quickly scroll through up to five of their preset favorites at the preferred volume.” The Nuvo P10 will be available in three choices of finishes (white, light almond, and nickel) and is expected to begin shipping in November. Pricing was announced.
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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Oct 17, 2015 0 comments
Control4 announced the release of the company’s latest software release, OS 2.8, during EXPO. As part of this release, updated Control4 HC-250 and HC-800 controllers will add native integration of three additional audio streaming services—Pandora, Deezer, and TIDAL—to the three that were already a native part of the Control4 OS (Rhapsody, Napster, and TuneIn). OS 2.8 also sports a new My Movies and My Music screen that offers a grid-view for showcasing high-res cover art or a Details View for presenting metadata.

Control4’s OS 2.8 update involves more than adding a few streaming services and a new interface for My Movies and My Music, though. The new OS includes...

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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Oct 16, 2015 0 comments
Beale Street Audio’s Sonic Vortex technology is the secret sauce behind—actually, inside—the company’s in-ceiling speakers. Sonic Vortex technology turns the speaker’s integrated back box into “a compact, integrated, tuned cabinet that offers a ‘twist’ on Ported Transmission Line design by optimizing air movement” to produce stronger, deeper bass response more efficiently.
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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Oct 16, 2015 0 comments
Polish home automation company, Fibar Group, is wiping up the competition in gesture control devices with the introduction of the Fibaro SWIPE.
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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Oct 16, 2015 0 comments
If you hate the way AC outlet and light switch wall plates look, Canadian design company, BOCCI, can change your outlook on outlets with its series of in-wall mounting plates.
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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Oct 15, 2015 2 comments
The PlayBox isn’t hard to understand. It’s an enclosure (a.k.a., a box) that allows you to mount a Sonos PLAY:1 speaker in a recessed niche in a wall.
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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Oct 14, 2015 Published: Oct 15, 2015 0 comments
Before EXPO, the folks at SunBriteTV told me that they would have a BIG announcement at CEDIA. Often when a company says that, it means they’ll have some sort of incremental upgrade that really doesn’t mean diddly squat for most people. SunBriteTV’s big announcement is indeed big. It’s two big announcements, actually. First of all, SunBriteTV announced two new outdoor TV models that are “among the first 4K-enabled weatherproof televisions available on the market.” The 55-inch diagonal SB-5574UHD is part of SunBriteTV’s very slim Signature Series and has a maximum depth of only 3.5 inches. The other announcement is that the 2nd 4K UHD from SunBriteTV—the SB-8418UHD—will be part of the Pro Series and will feature an 84-inch diagonal screen. Although a working prototype of the 84-inch TV (shown above) was on display, pricing and availability dates have not been announced.
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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Oct 15, 2015 0 comments
At Sonance’s press conference this morning, Jack Hill, the company’s Director of Marketing, detailed the expanded capabilities of Sonance’s DSP amplifiers with built-in SONARC (Sonance Advanced Room Correction). Sonance currently offers over 600 specifically designed DSP presets already preloaded. The DSP amps also include a built-in 10-band parametric EQ that allows for additional, optional DSP customization. The three amps in the series—DSP 2-150, DSP 8-130, and DSP 2-750—sell for $900, $2,750, and $1,500, respectively.

Esteemed members of the press (even me) were given a hands-on demo of the new Surface Mount from Sonance’s sister company, iPort. Surface Mount is a special mounting system that allows for...

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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Oct 15, 2015 0 comments
I finally was able to make it by the Rosewater Energy Hub booth on the EXPO floor earlier today. RoseWater says the Energy Hub is “the first all-in-one residential and light commercial power solution to integrate three capabilities into one platform to serve the entire needs of one premises. The Hub protects all home and office electronics by delivering clean and conditioned power and offers seamless and total system integration using a dual inverter system. With everything integrated into the Hub, prewired and tested upon delivery, the potential for installation and set-up problems are greatly reduced.” While that’s a mouthful, the Energy Hub is essentially a surge suppressor, power conditioner, and UPS backup power supply for your entire house. It can also serve as a power manager by integrating alternative sources of power, such as solar and wind, into your home along with traditional AC from the power grid. This tower of power is more sophisticated than that simple description, however; and a peek inside the rack reveals designs and parts suitable for long-term industrial use. You have to have money to get all this power, though. The two-rack system on display with its included advanced lead-acid batteries runs approximately $80,000. RoseWater Energy Hubs are available for order and shipping now. It seems expensive—oh, what the hell am I saying? It is expensive. Really, really, really expensive. All it takes, however, is a few days of suffering through a major power outage or incurring a serious loss from a lightning strike to become aware of how valuable electricity is. The RoseWater Energy Hub is certainly worth the money. I just wish I could afford it.
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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Oct 14, 2015 0 comments
Jeremy Burkhardt took the stage today on the eve of CEDIA Expo to introduce multiple new products for the already massive Origin Acoustics architectural speaker product line. Notable among the bunch are two in-ceiling subwoofers that use a flexible “bass tube” to port bass from a separate enclosure containing dual-voice-coil 6” or 8” long throw subwoofers...

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